On May 1, the standard minimum wage will increase from $11.25 to $12 an hour. But there are some rules you might not know.   1)Workers who get tips The minimum wage is lower if you work in a restaurant, bar, hotel, etc. and regularly get tips from clients. As of May 1, 2018, your employer must pay you a minimum of $9.80 an hour, regardless of the tips you make. There’s an exception if you must wear a uniform (see below).   2)Berry Pickers If... Read more

There are a lot of public holidays during the year. This year, the spring holiday is on March 30 or April 2. Can you take both days off work? If not, which day are you allowed? The rules explained here apply to employees covered by the Act respecting labour standards. Read our article Workplace Protections in Quebec to see if you fall into this category.   Friday or Monday? Your employer decides whether you take the holiday on Friday, March... Read more

Hampstead, a town on the island of Montreal, plans to ban smoking in all public places, including on the street! The ban wouldn’t apply to electronic cigarettes. The ban is to take effect in the coming weeks and reminds us of the many ways smoking can be banned.   Quebec law bans smoking in all public places in the province, such as in schools, hospitals, bars and restaurants. It also bans smoking within nine metres of these places. Municipal... Read more

The Quebec Superior Court just permitted a class action to be taken against Bayer and Syngenta. The two companies sell pesticides that might be harmful to bees.   The class action was started in 2014 by beekeeper Steve Martineau on behalf of all beekeepers in Quebec. The culprit is neonicotinoids, a chemical in pesticides said to cause mass deaths of bees. The beekeepers are asking for over four million dollars in compensation. But the class... Read more

If insults go too far, they can have legal consequences.   Right to Dignity and Honour The Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms says everyone has the right to equality and to respect for their dignity and honour. When these rights are violated based on a personal characteristic such as race or ethnic origin, there is discrimination. Racist insults are an example. The victim can ask the person who made the insult to compensate for the harm... Read more

Legalizing cannabis takes effect this summer. The rules are still being debated and might change. For now, here are four things to know.   Smoking Smoking cannabis in your home will be legal, but a lease or condo rules might not allow it. Smoking outside will be allowed according to the same rules for smoking tobacco. You won’t be allowed to smoke cannabis in public places, bars, restaurants, children’s playgrounds, sports centres or on... Read more

The Superior Court just permitted a class action be taken against Volkswagen. If successful, every Quebecer could get as much as $35.    Dieselgate Aftermath Dieselgate exploded in 2015 with news that Volkswagen and Audi cars were fixed to fool pollution tests. The AQLPA, an organization against air pollution, started the class action. It claims that anyone living in Quebec between 2009 and 2015 should be compensated for being exposed to this... Read more

Each new year is an opportunity to look back on the past. Each day brings new experiences, new questions about your rights, and you look to Éducaloi for the answers. Housing, family, health . . . here are the most consulted articles in 2017.   10 – Language Laws and Doing Business in Quebec The Charter of the French Language (Charte de la langue française in French) is a Quebec law that makes French the usual language of business in Quebec.   9... Read more